Presence and Engagement National Programme Coordinator

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£36,781 p.a. rising to £40,250 p.a. after probation (Inner London), £34,051 p.a. rising to £37,519 p.a. after probation (outer London)

Presence and Engagement (P&E) is a programme of General Synod intended to encourage and support the mission and ministry of parishes and other Anglican communities in multi religious contexts in England. P&E sits within the Mission and Public Affairs Division of the Archbishop’s Council and is managed by the National Programme Coordinator, with support from the National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser and a Task Group comprised of Diocesan Inter Faith Advisers and other experienced practitioners.

To strengthen the presence, contribution and witness of Church of England parishes, their clergy and people in P&E areas by coordinating the Church of England’s national Presence and Engagement programme in line with its current strategy, which was approved by General Synod in 2017.

Interviews will be held on the 13th September 2019.

The main responsibilities are;

Networking, resourcing and communications

  • Being the main point of contact for correspondence on P&E from dioceses, parishes and individuals.
  • Coordinating the work of the Presence and Engagement Task Group.
  • Encouraging all dioceses to appoint Diocesan Interfaith Advisers, and/or recruit when the post becomes vacant.
  • Supporting Diocesan Inter Faith Advisers through regular communication, encouraging them to share good practice with one another, organising an annual conference and responding to specific training/resource needs.
  • Maintaining and regularly updating the P&E website and social media presence.
  • Raising the profile of P&E within the Church of England – its staff, clergy, diocesan leadership and congregations.


  • Developing existing projects as well as developing new ones which enact the P&E strategy approved by General Synod in 2017, working towards its four goals:
  • The Church of England thrives in P&E contexts.
  • Clergy and lay people want to live and work in P&E contexts, and are fulfilled in doing so.
  • Christians engage with people of other faiths for the common good.
  • Christian faith is shared confidently and sensitively.
  • Initiating future reports to General Synod.
  • Developing/maintaining relationships with key other faith and interfaith organisations and bodies and seeking opportunities for collaboration.
  • Supporting the work of colleagues in MPA and other teams within the Church of England where relevant.
  • Carrying out any other duties as required

The ideal candidate must have;


  • Degree level or equivalent


  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, enabling communication and the development of relationships with a wide variety of people at different levels and from other faiths and cultures
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate with and to people from across the breadth of the Church of England
  • Strong collaborative skills and an ability to work successfully with different groups of people
  • Capacity to assimilate and assess complex information in detail whilst retaining a good overview
  • Ability to handle sensitive issues with discretion and diplomacy
  • Ability to manage own time and work independently using initiative
  • Ability and willingness to undertake regular travel in England
  • Advanced IT capability/aptitude (Word, Excel DTP, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to creatively edit and manage websites and social media platforms


  • First-hand knowledge and understanding of Church of England parishes in multi religious contexts
  • First-hand experience of working with other religious communities in the UK
  • Experience of working within the church in inter faith relations
  • Some theological education
  • Experience of seeking culture change/mainstreaming an issue within an organisation

Personal Attributes:

  • Empathy with the mission and ethos of the Church of England, and with its structure and culture
  • Highly motivated, with a strong commitment to positive inter religious relations and the ability to present a compelling vision of the place of this within Christian narratives
  • Flexibility and willingness to work unsocial hours
  • Ability to deliver results quickly, with accuracy and to deadlines
  • Ability to work cross culturally and with total discretion
  • Ability to work under pressure and as part of a team

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.